Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday Hair

Some Saturday mornings I just don't want to look like it's a weekend! I had to work yesterday, and I wanted to pump up the volume!

Friday night, I slept with my clean, dry hair up in a top knot. This assured me lots of texture all over, and plenty of fullness.

Next, I raked a palmful of Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening and Strengthening mousse starting at the front and crown, and blasted it with my dryer to lock in all that love!

After that, I used my flat iron to define a few curls, and voila! A little Friday-night glamour on a Saturday morning!

Cheers for the love of big hair!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fashion Flashback!

Ok, so as I've gotten to a more "mature" stage of life, I like to think my beauty and fashion sense has, well, grown up, too! Ive been known to go all-out retro at times, but I usually prefer simple, classic looks for most events. (Like this black, strapless number from Gap, and soft, glam, hair and makeup.)

My girlie, Amelia, and me posing pre-Chamber Mixer

 But, nearly two decades ago, I wore things like this:

Easter, 1993(?)
Yes, Friends of the Nineties, that's a velvety vest you see there with my cut-off jean shorts! I guarantee I was wearing my canvas Keds, too! So fancy! But wait! How about this number:
Summer, 1994, Senior Portrait session
And here we have a lovely floral doll dress, complete with bodysuit and flouncy sleeves!  I totally love the addition of the black-cord lady Seattle! Haha!

I must say, these pictures do make me miss the good ol' days! Now if only I could dig up the one with the colored jeans and flannel...I could actually be on trend once again! Yay! The Nineties are coming back!!!?!!!

Cheers to feeling like a Fashion Icon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Coconut Oil Beauty

You may remember I started my search for natural oil beauty methods last year. Olive oil, argan oil...face, hair, skin. (You can read about my first olive oil try here.)

It's not that I don't love regular moisturizers and other "normal" beauty products, just that I love trying to use everything in multiple ways! And I sometimes like to think I'm a little more earthy and natural than I probably am! Haha!

In case you missed my latest oil experiment, coconut!, here you go! doesn't start out pretty!

Cheers to greasing up!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cheap Thrills

As a professional hairstylist, I have access to the best possible haircare products available. I know the benefits of using professional products for keeping my hair in optimum health...

But, in the name of research and nostalgia, there is something so thrilling about walking down the aisle at the local superstore or pharmacy, and buying the latest, greatest, heavily-marketed national brand shampoo. Or hairspray or anti-frizz treatment.

@@@When it comes to professional salon brands, you will never purchase those from these places, even though they are on blatant display in their beauty aisles. That is called diverted product, and these brands are only supposed to be sold by licensed salons, schools and distributors. Please do not buy professional products from the grocery store or pharmacy!@@@

But I know not all of my clients heed my recommendations on haircare products, some of them think I won't know, but I can always tell. It's in the way the color fades, the ends fray and the styles fail to enthuse.  And sometimes that's fine. Some products work better than others. And sometimes budgets do not stretch as far as our fashion dreams! I get all of this, which is why I do my share of trying non-professional products on myself!

The first few times are always exciting! Shampoos smell great and lather like in the commercials. Conditioners make hair feel like buttery silk. That slippery feeling stays with you all day! By about the third or fourth day, your scalp feels a bit gooey, your hair separates into chunks, and it just feels harder to get that clean scalp feeling.

That's usually when I switch back to my pro brands and slide the OTC products onto my hubby's side of the shower! When I see some big-money marketing campaigns, I know what my girls are seeing, so I know what to try the next time! Or I get nostalgic for a brand or smell from the glory days of high school and grab those! Haha!

I'm not a snob, but I do know the benefits of quality salon brand products are real. But I also like to have real-life experiences that align with my salon guests, as well. I'm a hair nerd, it's just what I do!

And just for reference, I do tend to have a bit more love for styling products from the pharmacy, things like dry shampoo and hairspray!

Cheers to budgeting beauty!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Skin of the Day

A. L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in medium, all over face.

B. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles, under eyes, around mouth and nose.

C. Maybelline FIT me foundation in shades 120 and 220, blended on back of hand. Applied with elf powder brush (flat top) all over face, neck, even on my ears!

D. L'oreal Hydra Perfecte translucent powder, patted over T-zone and under eyes for all-day staying power.

E. Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers in Reserve Your Cabana and Ticket to Brazil. Cabana as highlight, Brazil as warm glow!

Cheers to a glowy Wednesday!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers and Megaimpact Mascara

Today I tried the Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers in Reserve Your Cabana and Ticket to Brazil, and their Megaimpact Mascara in Very Black.

The last time I used Wet n Wild cosmetics was way back in high school when I wore eyeliner just at the bottom lash line and no other product but Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. Yikes! So I didn't know what to expect from this low-cost cosmetics line in terms of quality.

I was surprised instantly! I loved everything about the bronzers! And the mascara gave a better first impression than some more expensive drugstore brands I've used! Keep reading for more details on these products!

Reserve Your Cabana: this is a light shade, with a soft shimmer. I used it as an all-over powder over my BB cream and concealer. It gave a beautiful highlight to the skin while adding a touch of warm glow. This would be great as just a highlight product, too.

Ticket to Brazil: this is a dark shade also with a soft shimmer. The tone is nice and gold without that brick or muddy tone. I used this as all-over color to give my skin a sun-kissed glow. I wouldn't use this as a contour product necessarily due to the shimmer. The tone was very flattering for my skin and not too dark. It was highly pigmented, so I recommend tapping off excess product before applying to skin!

Both of these bronzers have SPF 15 and a soft, almost creamy/silky texture. They are pressed powder but are not dry or cakey. At $4 each, I think these are a great value and I look forward to using these more!

Megaimpact Mascara in Very Black: this mascara has a dark, rich color, and a very workable texture. The brush is full but not fluffy, so it allowed for great control. The formula wasn't too wet, which made it easy to build volume quickly. After all-day wear, it has held up without flaking or irritating. At the $4-$6 range, I think this mascara is definitely worth grabbing!

All in all I was thoroughly pleased with my new Wet n Wild cosmetics. Watch for them in upcoming tutorials, for sure! Oh, and my video of this will be up soon! I will let you know when!

Cheers to staying fab on a budget!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy Hair

As you may know, I am a professional hairstylist. I have been behind the chair for nearly eleven years now, which seems impossible!

As with any career choice, I have had my ups and downs with my decision to become, and remain, a stylist. But I have found that continuing my education in all aspects of the industry keeps my passion ignited!

I just started another round of advanced color classes, which are building blocks for a higher certification. I am so happy, so excited to be learning and challenging myself. Another plus is I get to meet other enthusiastic stylists from around my area and learn from them, too!

Here's to making yourself and your hair happy!